Neil Reynolds has stretched out his lead over Jeff Reinebold after again getting the better of his podcast pal in Week Nine. Can Jeff drag things back in Week 10?
Each week, on the Inside the Huddle podcast, Neil and Jeff make their predictions for every NFL game, keeping a tally of their records as the season goes on. Neil is now ahead by two games, successfully picking wins for the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints last Sunday…
Its been a good two weeks here with my picks. I went 22-5 straight up the past two weeks and 19-8 against the spread.
Week 10 game picks: Key factors, scores
In fact, there might be two. The first is Thursdays game matching the Carolina Panthers at the Pittsburgh Steelers. The New Orleans Saints at the Cincinnati Bengals is another intriguing game, although putting Bengals in the intrigue category could draw the ire of some.
This is an enticing Thursday night game. Both teams are playing well and come in on winning streaks. Its always tough for the visitor on a Thursday, but I think Cam Newton will keep the Panthers in this one. Steelers win, but its close.
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This is a tough turnaround for the Saints, coming off a big home victory over the Rams and now facing a good team coming off the bye on the road. The Bengals are banged up with A.J. Green likely out, which will help the Saints secondary. But I think the Bengals hang around in this one. Saints win it, but its tight.
The Falcons are playing consecutive road games outside, which is a challenge. But the offense has come alive behind Matt Ryan. The Chiefs carved up the Browns defense last week, and this week it will be Ryan. The Browns wont keep up.
This is a tough spot for the Dolphins. They face a good team coming home after two road losses. Oh, that team also has Aaron Rodgers. But I think the Dolphins will hang around here, even with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. The Packers win, but its close.
This is essentially a playoff game for these two. Loser has six losses and is likely out of the playoffs. Both teams are coming off a bye, so they are rested. I think this will be a game where the Jacksonville defense plays like many expected before the season. They get the best of Andrew Luck and Leonard Fournette runs to control the clock.
They have those four wins mostly because of their defense, one of the better units in the NFL. They are first in points allowed and first in the red zone. They play a great brand of bend but dont break. On the offensive side, we are finally getting a healthy Marcus Mariota, and its showing on the field, especially on the road against the Cowboys last Monday night.
The Bears are riding high, while the Lions are coming off a bad showing against the Vikings. Matt Stafford was sacked 10 times, so the Bears front has to be salivating to get after him. Chicago hasnt exactly beat up a lot of good teams to get to first place, so this wont be easy. But they will find a way late to pull it out.
Lastly, and most importantly, on the gambling side, is that the Titans play close games. The margin of victory for either side in their games has been within seven points in all but two of them. The margins been three points or less in four games. So, I think they muddy up this game and cover the line. You might also get this line back at 7 or 7.5 near kickoff.
The Cardinals are coming off the bye, so they are rested. That defense better be as it readies to face Patrick Mahomes and his potent offense. On the other side, Josh Rosen looked good in his last game, but this road environment will be tough for him. Even so, I think the Cardinals keep it closer than expected.
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This game pits former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the coach of the Titans, against Bill Belichick. That will be interesting. The Titans impressed Monday night in beating Dallas, but New Englands defense will slow Marcus Mariotas little surge and the Patriots will go into Nashville and handle the Titans.
The Redskins are really banged up on offense, with the line down three starters. The Bucs have defensive issues, but even those wont matter against the Washington line. Tampa Bay will start Ryan Fitzpatrick here again at quarterback, and I expect him to have a good day. The Redskins defense wont be able to pull this one out for the offense.
This is the dog game of the day, featuring two teams playing for next year and beyond. But the Bills are woeful on offense – no matter who plays quarterback. The Jets might be without quarterback Sam Darnold, which means Josh McCown will start. The Buffalo defense has played well for the most part this season and will keep them in this game.
Both the Jaguars and Colts are 3-5 but these teams are going in different directions. Indy has won two straight while Jacksonville is on a four-game losing streak. Not only that, Andrew Luck looks to be fully healthy after missing all of 2017 with a shoulder injury. Hes completing a career-best 65.8 percent of his throws, a passer rating of 96.2 (which is second to the 96.4 rating he had in 2016), 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions, and is on pace to be sacked just 20 times, which would be a career low over 16 games. Meanwhile, Blake Bortles has already been benched for Codey Kessler, then reassumed the job in Jacksonvilles Week 8 loss to Philadelphia (in London). Bortles isnt the long-term answer but the question is whether he can get out of his own way and help the Jags back to the playoffs. Incidentally, the Colts schedule over the final two months sets up favorably for a run to the postseason though we feel like this is the week Jacksonville gets back to winning football.
Week 10 NFL Game Predictions
The Chargers are rolling, while the Raiders are reeling. The Oakland defense is a mess and Philip Rivers is having an impressive season. Look for Rivers and the offense to roll up a big number in this one. Chargers take it.
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The Rams suffered their first loss last week, and now must regroup against a division rival that is coming off a loss. The Seahawks will pound it on the ground against a Rams defense that has been vulnerable to the run. They will try and keep Jared Goff off the field, and it will work to keep the game close. But the Rams will win it.
The Cowboys must have this game to have a chance to win the division. They looked awful against the Titans Monday night on offense and the heat is on Dak Prescott. The Eagles are coming off a bye, so they have the big edge there. They also look to be rounding into form. Their defense gets the best of the Dallas offense as the Eagles win it.
The Giants are coming off a much-needed bye, while the 49ers will be rested as well having played last Thursday. The 49ers are expected to start Nick Mullens again in this one after his impressive showing against the Raiders. Can he keep it up? I dont think it will look quite the same. The Giants arent as bad as the Raiders and the bye did them good. Giants take it.
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